A loan of $325 helped to buy inventory and expand the range of offerings for a small general store.

Gina's story

Gina U. is a 34-year-old married mother of three. One of her children is in primary school and two attend high school. Her husband is a fisherman. To earn money, Gina runs a sari sari store.

"Sari sari" is Tagalog for "various kinds." Sari sari shops sell an array of basic foodstuffs, beverages, and everyday commodities. The stores are usually operated out of the owner's home, are neighborhood watering holes, and sell items in small units -- single cigarettes, for example. Sari sari shops fill an important economic and social niche in Filipino life, especially in rural areas.

Gina began her sari sari store after hearing her neighbors complain they had to travel too far to buy basic items. Now that she's established, she'd like to begin selling soft drinks and gasoline from her store as well. She plans to use the money from this loan to buy more inventory for her shop, and hopes to have enough income to help her husband buy a new fishing boat.

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